Friday, May 31, 2013

Non-Fiction Reading with a Touch of Ethics (Armchair BEA Day 4)

G'day, y'all! Another Armchair BEA day here. I've had so much fun, I can't even tell you.  I've been doing a lot of exploring via Twitter and the main Armchair BEA page, and I've found so many great, new-to-me blogs this week. But more on that in the wrap-up post later!

On Ethics...

Be transparent.

Ethical issues pop up from time to time, and BOY can they ripple through the blogosphere. After 10 years of teaching others what constitutes plagiarism, I don't do it. I try my best to give credit where credit is due, and if I overlook something I welcome the other party to call me on it. Fixes will be made immediately!

I also openly give credit to authors/publishers for sending me books when/if I review them. I accept far fewer ARCs these days than I used to, but there's a little credit line at the end of every review post.

On Non-Fiction...

I'm a moooody reader. And it's following my readerly urges, something I've coined "free range reading," that keeps me from going into slumps so often. One of the big tricks is to change up the type of reading I do from time to time. Admittedly, non-fiction gets left out in the cold in favor of fiction most of the time; however, non-fiction can be one of those refreshing reads that gets me back on track when I need a change of pace.

In fact, I'm reading some non-fiction right now!

Creepy cover, eh???

Without further ado, here are some non-fiction pics that will appeal to bibliophiles and some general selections that I found memorable.

  • Stiff, by Mary Roach - an all-time favorite non-fiction. Scary and funny and eye-opening. Never reviewed because I read it before I blogged. 
  • Tout Sweet: Hanging Up My Heels for a New Life in France, by Karen Wheeler - the chick-lit of non-fiction. Light, airy, foodie, travel, goodness. 

The Backyard Homestead, edited by Carleen Madigan and The Urban Homestead by Kelly Coyne - I couldn't not include some food/green/grown-your-own type books! I enjoyed both of these, though their application to your life probably depends on how much space you have to work with. 

What are some of your favorite non-fiction books? I could always use a few more recommendations. 

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